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State of Leadership & Change Survey Results

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Research Summary

It could be argued that organisational leaders are now facing one of the most challenging periods in change leadership for over 30 years, but our research has found that while 90% of senior management expect organisational changes ahead of Brexit, 42% are not worried and 26% ‘not at all worried.’

The top four expected changes are to source additional markets outside the EU (24%), to restructure and cut costs (21%), to reorganise (16%) and to relocate (16%).

75% say leaders are getting better at managing change, with 60% of respondents saying their businesses had met their objectives for change in the past few years.  This is all the more surprising when traditionally it’s commonly accepted that 70% of change initiatives fail to deliver results. It is also proof that change is now being measured efficiently, 64% saying that productivity improved and 34% saying that profitability had increased as a result of the change.

The key factors that drive successful change include an organisation and leader’s ability to be agile and responsive within a changing market (62%) and recruiting people with the right skills (47%).

Organisations and leaders must also be aware of the factors that could hinder the success of the change initiative which include a lack of understanding and communication across the organisation on why these changes are being implemented (40%), too much emphasis on process and not enough on people (28%) and poor motivation and staff morale (14%). 

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